Who has the best voice in Hollywood?
He’ll be donning a big white beard to play Saruman in ‘The Hobbit’ this year after Peter Jackson had sets rebuilt in blighty so the actor wouldn’t have to fly to New Zealand. Lee’s evil wizard stole every scene in ‘Lord of the Rings’, thanks the way he magisterially delivered lines like “The power of Isengard is at your command, Sauron!”.
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Yes, he’s blessed with a superb set of vocal chords alright, but where does he stand in the pantheon of movie mouthpieces? We investigated...
The man: 90-year old man of legend: Dracula, Frankenstein, Count Dooku and Scaramanga are but four names on a CV longer than Saruman's beard.
The voice: When Christopher Lee talks, the world listens. His is an epic baritone that booms from generations gone by – one that has been the mouthpiece of evil in 'Lord Of The Rings', hissed from behind fangs in countless 'Dracula' movies and put the willies up James Bond in 'The Man With The Golden Gun'. Lee's pipes aren't just put to good use in Hollywood, either – in 2010, he released 'Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross', a "symphonic metal concept album" in which he voiced the Emperor's ghost alongside a 100-piece orchestra. Because he's Christopher Lee, that's why.
Low key... the legendary Brian Blessed (Credit: PA)
The man: Bearded overlord of Britain, star of 'Flash Gordon' and voted Most Likely To Burst Ear-Drums by his school classmates.
The voice: Ever since he bellowed "GORDON'S ALIIIIIIVE!" in the campy 80s cult classic (albeit with a few more 'i's), Brian Blessed has gleefully played up to his public persona of one-man noise engine: the man packs more decibels than a jet plane. Voice like a typhoon, Blessed's dulcet tones are instantly recognisable, not just through sheer volume, but because it sounds like he's been gargling rocks and Marmite for breakfast. He looks and sounds exactly like a salty sea dog, which is exactly why he was the perfect fit to voice the The Pirate King in Aardman's 'The Pirates'. If you listen extremely carefully, you can hear him off in the distance somewhere, laughing, right now.